Student CBS Leaders and Students:
Before your new year becomes chaotic and overwhelming, consider being intentional with a few things. Whether you call them resolutions or simply refocusing, my prayer is that we all walk out what God longs for us to do and be.
Listed below is a snap shot of what I mean when I encourage you to be intentional on this new start. I truly believe that no matter what community you are invested in or stage of life you find yourself, all of us can engage in these areas.
I Cor 16: 13-14 Be on guard; stand firm in the faith; be men and women of courage; be strong. Do everything in love
Serve those in need: In some places it is often so easy to see need around us, but it is also often easy to do nothing. In other places, even finding those in need is often difficult. I want to encourage you to find ways to serve others in your classes, in your home/apt/dorm, in your circle of friends, in your city. I really believe God wants us to give our life away in service to others. Find a place to volunteer and serve once a week or more. Begin now the habit of living generously and loving with no agenda. Serving is not just a job you do at summer camp or when you working for or with a church. If you don’t know where to start, I would love to talk.
Matt 10:7-8 Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
Be in Authentic Community: We really are not made to be in isolation. It may feel really good to stand alone, but it seems God’s heart for us is to share life with each other. I want to encourage you to find and be a part of a local church…this is not a building where you can just go once a week….but it is a community of believers that loves you and sharpens you as you worship and serve. If you are in Austin and looking for places to go, I’d love to help you on that journey.
Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind
Honor God with your body and health: This is something that is very important to me, and it is something I think you can make incredible life-giving choices now that will both model for others but also set a great pattern for your life. Whether that means playing basketball once a week, jogging a couple times weekly, or training for and participating in some form of race (5K, marathon, or triathlon) you can honor God with your body. I also think it is a great way to interact in community. Now, be careful, I’m not talking about worshiping your body or going overboard, but I am talking about being intentional to stay healthy and partnering together with others on this journey.
Think about setting some weekly patterns and invite others to join you. I know some that are organizing races or meeting weekly to work out together. If you are interested, let’s talk.
I Cor 6: 19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Again, this life we lead this side of heaven truly is a journey. Enjoy this incredible adventure…each day is a gift.